City of Palms: Guillandeaux Sizzles

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Last year Billy Humphrey was the hot ticket item in terms of spring guards. This year, Ruben Guillandeaux appears headed in that direction after showing off at the City of Palms.

Ruben Guillandeaux played his hand exactly the way he wanted. By not signing in the fall period, he's about to become an extremely coveted prospect. By design? Sort of.

"My family thought it was the best thing to do to make sure we felt right about the decision," Guillandeaux told Scout.com. "The longer I wait the more I know the schools are really interested in me."

Oh, they're interested alright or at least they will be.

"If we had a scholarship I'd give it to him right now," one coach in the crowd said Monday night. "No doubt."

Usually, when a player waits after receiving mid-to-high-major interest he's got a school in mind. Guillandeaux has his dream school.

"Wake Forest. That's my favorite of all time. There's just something about them."

During the fall period, Guillandeaux said that he favored Southern Cal and Providence. "USC's coach has been in the NBA. That's my ultimate goal, that's where I want to go."

"Providence was one of my favorite colleges of all time." Guillandeaux said.

Here's the deal: we missed on this guy. He's much improved and a better player than we've previously seen. He's being recruited as a combo whose comfort zone appears to be as a shooting guard and part time or secondary ball handler. However, his high school coach says he's best as a point.

"I didn't think he played great today," St. Patrick coach Kevin Boyle said. "If he gets the next level of toughness he'll be a great college player."

He was awesome in his second game at the City of Palms as he hit for 20 points on just 8 shots against Glenn.

"I still have a long ways to go. The next step is getting stronger."

The strength will come and so will the spring high-major programs. He's not just a spring signee, he has the makings of a spring guy who can be counted on for a big rookie contribution ala Billy Humphrey last season.


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